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Petrino Still “Amazed” By Adams’ Return And Hogs’ Special Teams

Yesterday, we kicked off the week by showing you Joe Adams’ ridiculous 60-yard punt return for an Arkansas touchdown last weekend.  We weren’t the only ones still wowed by the play.

“It’s an unbelievable play,” Bobby Petrino said yesterday.  “It’s an amazing play.  It reminds you of the one he made early in the year when he took that one back for a touchdown.  So, tremendous athletic ability.  Great toughness and an unbelievable play.”  (You can watch both returns here.)

The Razorbacks are second in the SEC in punt return average, tops in kickoff return average.  They also rank first in the league in punting. 

Those facts aren’t lost on Petrino.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever been around (a return game) that’s done as well as we have this year with the big plays, the consistency, making the opponent punt the ball out of bounds or punt it short.  It’s all played into our favor for sure.”

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Hogs’ Wade Deserves A Full-Game Suspension From SEC

Arkansas receiver Marquel Wade — ejected for an over-the-top flagrant hit on Vanderbilt punt return Jonathan Krause on Saturday — deserves a full-game suspension from the SEC.

As we’ve seen this season, Mike Slive usually hands down half-game suspension for fighting, flagrant fouls, cheap shots, etc.  But Wade’s hit on Krause Saturday wasn’t a chop block to the knees or a haymaker thrown in anger… it was a dirty lick that could have left Krause seriously injured.  Or worse.

After the hit, Wade celebrated as Krause lay on the ground.  After his ejection, Wade had to be escorted to the Razorbacks’ locker room.

Krause eventually got up and returned to the game.  He was lucky.

After the game, Bobby Petrino said that he didn’t see the hit.  “It sounded like he hit him — the ball wasn’t even close to the returner.  We have to be able to look up and recognize where the ball is and get away from him.”

Fair enough.

But Wade needs a game off courtesy of the SEC office.  Football is a brutal sport and good and bad decisions are made in milliseconds.  This was not just a bad decision.

Wade launched himself into a defenseless punt returner.  Then he celebrated the hit as his victim stayed on the ground.  Then he seemed angry about his ejection.

It appears to us that he needs more time to come to a full understanding that the hit and the post-hit behavior aren’t acceptable and that the ejection was absolutely appropriate.

Not surprisingly, there are defenses of Wade’s act floating around the internet today.  “Aw, he didn’t mean anything by it.”  Nonsense.  To anyone without a stake in Saturday’s game that is nonsense.

And to anyone who doesn’t think defending Wade is utter nonsense, please remove the plastic pig from off thy head and ask yourself what you would be saying today if a Vanderbilt gunner had launched himself helmet-first into the head of Arkansas return man Joe Adams… after he’d already signaled for a fair catch.

That’s what we thought.

Wade deserves a full week suspension.  Such action would send a message to the player and to every other punt team gunner in the SEC — you can hit and hit hard… but you can’t hit dirty.

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Adams Back at Tuesday’s Practice

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Arkansas receiver Joe Adams returned to practice Tuesday after missing the Razorbacks’ game against Vanderbilt with an ankle injury.

The junior said his injured ankle is “about 80 percent” but should be full-speed by the weekend. The No. 18 Razorbacks visit No. 19 South Carolina on Saturday.

“I thought he did all right,” Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. “We’ve got to continue to evaluate him throughout the week and see how it goes. I think he kind of feels the urgency that he needs to get out there. But we’ve got to continue to evaluate him.”

Adams has 30 catches, 544 yards and 4 touchdowns this season – all second among Arkansas receivers behind Greg Childs, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

“I wasn’t able to do the punt return duties, but got into some of the other stuff,” said Adams, who was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week prior to the injury. “I’m getting better.”

McGee said he expects younger receivers such as Cobi Hamilton and Julian Horton will step up in Childs’ absence. Horton had a 52-yard reception against Vanderbilt in place of the injured Adams.

“We recruited well at the position,” McGee said. “We’ve got a lot of good players; a lot of fast kids. They’ve been training hard all season. They looked good. We looked as good as we could.”

Horton, a freshman, said his confidence is high following Saturday’s game.

“That was really big,” Horton said. “I’ve got to stay humble, though, and just keep working because I’m only a freshman and that’s just the beginning for me. It’s a big confidence boost because they’ll know my name around Arkansas, but I’ve got to keep working.

“I’m getting better every week in route-running. The first week of camp it wasn’t good, but as the season has gone along it has gotten better just understanding the whole scheme of things and the whole concept of the plays.”

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Suspended defensive tackle DeQuinta Jones was back at Arkansas practice Tuesday, nearly a week after being arrested for possession of marijuana. Jones was suspended for the Vanderbilt game and his status for this weekend is uncertain.

Freshman defensive tackle Byran Jones wasn’t at practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from an ankle injury suffered in the first quarter against the Commodores.

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SEC Headlines – 11/2/10 Part One

1.  This week’s Alabama-LSU game is full of BCS implications.

2.  Last week’s bye helped the Tide on the injury front.

3.  When Alabama opens its exhibition season tonight against Talladega College, developing depth will be Priority One.

4.  Zach Clayton deserves more attention for his play on Auburn’s defensive line.

5.  Demond Washington and Michael Dyer both took home awards for their play last week.

6.  Without Greg Childs for the remainder of the season, Arkansas coaches are hoping fellow wideout Joe Adams can return this week.

7.  Bobby Petrino is upset over “dirty” plays, but the Hogs themselves have been accused of some below-the-belt tactics this year.

8.  LSU is 14-1 under Les Miles when coming off a loss.  The Tigers fell to Auburn 24-17 two weeks ago.

9.  Miles said his defense is looking forward to playing against a more traditional offense.

10.  LSU’s head coach is letting his emotions rip this week.

11.  Houston Nutt’s Ole Miss teams have been strong in November. 

12.  After this season’s loss to Jacksonville State, it’s likely the Rebels won’t overlook Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.

13.  UM got positive news regarding injuries to its two leading tacklers.

14.  MSU’s basketball team will be a work in progress early on.

15.  Renardo Sidney needs to improve his conditioning… soon.

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No Update on Childs

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Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said he had no update on injured receiver Greg Childs following Saturday’s 49-14 win over Vanderbilt.

Childs was injured early in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard reception to the Commodores 2. The junior receiver, who injured his ankle last week, immediately pounded his hands on the ground in anguish and was eventually helped off the field by a pair of trainers, before being taken straight to the locker room. According to Arkansas’ radio broadcast, he suffered an injured knee.

Childs had five catches for 87 yards prior to the injury. He is Arkansas’ leader in receptions (46), yards (659) and touchdowns (6) this season.

“I’m always concerned when I see Greg go down like that,” running back Knile Davis said. “He’s always in an awkward position because he’s real greedy and wants to get into the endzone. You’ve got to have that attitude when you get the ball.”

Davis scored on the next play to give the Razorbacks a 42-14 lead. Senior tight end D.J. Williams said there was no talk of taking the starters out when the fourth quarter began, despite leading by 21 points.

“That’s just one of those decisions you know before you go out there for a drive,” said Williams, who noted the drive began in the third quarter. “That’s just how it was.”

Arkansas has been battling injuries at receiver. Joe Adams missed Saturday’s contest with an ankle injury suffered in last week’s win over Ole Miss.

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You Pick ‘Em: Arkansas-Vanderbilt

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Next up for No. 19 Arkansas is a home game against Vanderbilt. The Razorbacks are 3-1 all-time against the Commodores with the only loss coming in Vandy’s only trip to Fayetteville in 2005. If Arkansas can avoid that fate this time around it will be bowl eligible for the second consecutive season.

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Slophouse Pick

Arkansas has found out a lot about itself the last two weeks. Not only have the Razorbacks figured out they have a pretty good back-up quarterback in Tyler Wilson, they’ve also found their running back in Knile Davis. The sophomore rushed for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns a week ago. He’ll likely be called upon again quite a bit this week with Joe Adams out and Greg Childs likely limited in the passing game because of an injury.

Not all answers found have been good, however. What was lauded as an improved defense has faltered in recent weeks. Inconsistency and poor tackling have been the main concerns for Willy Robinson’s unit. After giving up 65 points in a loss at Auburn, the Hogs held Ole Miss to 24 points, but still gave up more than 500 yards. Vandy quarterback Larry Smith will present another mobile challenge for the group, though he isn’t quite the caliber of Jeremiah Masoli last week or Cam Newton the week before.

But for all of Arkansas’ question marks on the defensive side, Vanderbilt has just as many – if not more – on its offense. The Commodores switched offensive coordinators earlier this week after recording only three first downs after halftime of last week’s loss to South Carolina. Arkansas scores points with the best of them. If Vanderbilt has any trouble with continuity on its end, it will be a happy homecoming for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas 45, Vanderbilt 24

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Mallett And Childs Will Play But Adams Is Out For Arkansas

Ryan Mallett and Greg Childs look to be good to go when Vanderbilt visits Arkansas tomorrow.  Last weekend against Ole Miss, Mallett bruised his throwing shoulder and Childs tweaked his ankle.

Also injuring his ankle in that game was receiver Joe Adams (photo at left)… and Adams will not be in uniform for the Hogs on Saturday.

In addition to being second on the team in catches, yards and touchdowns, Adams is also a key performer on Arkansas’ special teams units.  He scampered for a 97-yard touchdown on a punt return against the Rebels.

As we noted yesterday, it would probably be wise for Bobby Petrino to go for the jugular ASAP against Vandy.  The more time Mallett and Childs can spend on the sidelines with Adams, the more likely they are to be fully healthy for the Razorbacks’ stretch drive.

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Petrino Should Rest His Stars Versus Vandy

Entering the week, the three most important pieces of Arkansas’ passing game — not counting the O-line, of course — were banged up.

Quarterback Ryan Mallett (bruised throwing shoulder) returned to practice first.  Yesterday, receiver Greg Childs (ankle) returned.  But fellow receiver Joe Adams (ankle) was still out of action at yesterday’s practice.

Bobby Petrino said during the SEC teleconference yesterday that Childs is more likely to play this weekend against Vanderbilt than Adams.  But I would suggest Petrino take a look at how Steve Spurrier handled his injured star last week when his Gamecocks faced the Commodores.

Carolina could have used tailback Marcus Lattimore in Nashville.  He wouldn’t have been 100%, but he was well enough to have played.  Instead, rolling the dice that the Cocks could subdue Vandy without their best player, Spurrier rested him.  Now Lattimore says he’s fully healthy and ready for the Gamecocks’ stretch run.

Vanderbilt’s defense isn’t terrible.  If it received any support at all from VU’s offense, the Commodore D might actually be decent.  But it doesn’t get help from the offense.  And that’s why Vandy has lost by a combined score of 64-7 the last two weekends.

Petrino knows the health of his players better than the fans or media.  But it might be wise for the coach to give his banged-up stars as much rest as possible this week.

Sitting three players is more of a challenge than sitting one.  So we’re not suggesting that Petrino start backups in place of Mallett, Childs and Adams.  But if he’s smart, Petrino will go for Vandy’s throat early, try to build a lead, and then turn the game over to his second-teamers.

The Razorbacks still have SEC games remaining at South Carolina, at Mississippi State and at home against LSU.  Better to be without their stars against a struggling Vandy squad… than against those stronger foes waiting just ahead on the Arkansas schedule.

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Wednesday Hodge Podge

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* Straight from Twitter: Tom Murphy quotes Bobby Petrino as saying Greg Childs has a better chance of playing this Saturday than Joe Adams does. And sure enough, Childs practiced today and Adams did not.

* The Razorbloggers offer up their Vanderbilt scouting report. The summary is that the Commodores’ offense has been pretty anemic this year, although we suspect that spending some time with the Razorbacks’ beleaguered D might be just the thing they need to get unstuck.

* Vandy blog Anchor of Gold takes a look at how the SEC teams fare in the trivial matter of their players actually graduating from college. Without giving too much away, allow us to say the Hogs are not exactly leading the pack here (and the basketball team’s grad % is even worse than their recent winning %).

* As noted earlier, defensive tackle D.D. Jones was arrested early this morning for possession of marijuana (good mug shot, at least). Until proven otherwise, we’re going to assume that is connected in some way to Snoop Dogg’s appearance in Fayetteville a few days ago. Damn you, Doggfather!

* Our kickoff returns may be lagging, but no such worries on the punt return side of things. (Except the small issue of Joe Adams being hurt, of course.)

* On a basketball note, Marshawn Powell as been named to the preseason All-SEC 1st team, and Rotnei Clarke to the second. (Although notorious fun-killer Chris Bahn points out that, with 17 players named, almost 1/3 of the SEC starting rosters get some sort of recognition here so the honor is a little diminished.)

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Mallett Back At Practice; Two Receivers Not

Ryan Mallett was back at practice for Arkansas yesterday.  The quarterback said he’s “100 percent” and fully recovered from a bruised right shoulder he suffered against Ole Miss last weekend.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that two of his favorite receivers were not on the practice field.

Joe Adams and Greg Childs were both out with ankle injuries.  The two have accounted for 1,116 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

“We didn’t see them,” Mallett told The Arkansas News.  “But we had guys that stepped in and made plays.  That’s what our offense is about.”

The Razorbacks will host Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

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